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About the Museum

The National Postal Museum, a Smithsonian Institution museum, is located in the old Post Office building next to Union Station in Washington, D.C. The Museum was created by an agreement between the Smithsonian Institution and the United States Postal Service in 1990 and opened to the public in 1993.


Museum Hours
The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., except December 25. Admission is free.

Free public wireless Internet access (Wi-Fi) is available throughout the National Postal Museum galleries, providing visitors with access to context-specific online resources to enhance visitor experiences.

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Visits and Activities

Location and Directions
Get directions to the museum and find public transportation information.

Calendar of Events
See what events are coming up at the Museum

Virtual Tour
360 degree panoramas lead you through the galleries of the museum. You can use the map to move from place to place.

Museum Tours
Learn about the Museum Docent-led tours, an excellent way to see the highlights of the National Postal Museum.

Social Media Websites
The "Connect with the Museum" webpage is dedicated to staying connected to the museum via our web and social networking sites.

The William H. Gross Stamp Gallery
William H. Gross, the founder of PIMCO and a stamp collector, donated $10 million to the National Postal Museum to create a new 12,000-square-foot gallery. The gallery opened September 22, 2013.

Get information about wheelchair accessibility, scheduling sign language and oral interpreters for tours and audio taped gallery guides.

Website Accessibility
Get information about how the National Postal Museum makes its website accessible to the widest possible audience.

Postmark E-Newsletter
Subscribe to the Museum’s FREE monthly e-newsletter, Postmark, highlighting the treasures of the museum. To subscribe, please complete the "Sign Up" form which is in the red box, in the left column of the homepage.

Museum Store
How to contact the Museum Store.

Learn more about Library collections, electronic resources and services.

Host Your Special Event
Learn more about holding your next meeting, cocktail reception, or evening event at the National Postal Museum.

The Maynard Sundman Lecture Series
The annual lecture series that features talks by authors of recent books on stamps and stamp collecting followed by a book signing.

Find more information about past, and upcoming National Postal Museum symposiums, including the Winton M. Blount Postal History Symposium.

ALERTS from the Office of Protection Services
The Smithsonian Institution's Office of Protection Services will communicate, when applicable, the latest available alert information including opening and closing information for Smithsonian museums.

Museum Facts

History of the National Postal Museum

National Postal Museum Councils

National Postal Museum Staff

Smithsonian Philatelic Achievement Awards

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Object of the Month

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The National Postal Museum gratefully acknowledges the continued support and commitment of the United States Postal Service.

Virtual Tour:
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Video Tours:
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Binding the Nation
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Customers and Communities

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